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Have faith: God uses our lowliness for greatness

Have faith: God uses our lowliness for greatness

| Deacon Kyle Kowalczyk | July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Galileans apparently spoke with a really strong accent. It was probably an accent similar in Israel to a southern accent here in Minnesota: the type of accent at which one likes to poke fun.

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Saints in the Old Testament; retirement for priests

Saints in the Old Testament; retirement for priests

| Father Kenneth Doyle | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. Figures from the Old Testament are never referred to as saints. Were there no saints in those days?

Q. With all due respect to my Catholic faith, there is one thing that I question. Many, many devout Catholics have contributed over the years to special collections for the benefit of retired priests. After all these collections and all the beautiful retirement homes for priests that now exist, shouldn’t we be doing more instead for the poor? The very ones who have contributed to build these homes cannot afford the comfort and the luxury that priests now enjoy.

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When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

| Deacon Michael Daly | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Sea of Galilee is below sea level, within a bowl of hills, and very subject to unpredictable storms. After a hard day’s preaching, Jesus, who governs the universe, is stretched out, asleep in a boat during a violent storm. The apostles’ maritime skills were not enough to endure the waves, so as a last resort, they turn to Jesus to calm the sea.

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Parents, don’t fear your child will become too naive

Parents, don’t fear your child will become too naive

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I want to raise my kids in the faith and help them navigate the world to make good decisions. Obviously, I cannot shelter them from everything, or they will grow up being naive. But I cannot just let them be completely influenced by the world, either. Any thoughts on how to let kids be a part of the world but not of the world?

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Jesus is closest when we receive him in the Eucharist

Jesus is closest when we receive him in the Eucharist

| Deacon Neil Bakker | June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory, of His Flesh, the mystery sing; of the Blood, all price exceeding, shed by our Immortal King, destined, for the world’s redemption, from a noble Womb to spring” (Hymn Pange Lingua, St. Thomas Aquinas).

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The more we know about temptation the better

The more we know about temptation the better

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

[In this column from April 9], we looked at one source of temptation many people encounter: the world. We read that the world can often be a source of real temptation. This is obvious to anyone who is paying attention.

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Why is the Passion read on Palm Sunday and is organ donation OK?

Why is the Passion read on Palm Sunday and is organ donation OK?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I have always wondered why we read the Passion during Palm Sunday services. Palm Sunday is a day of rejoicing and jubilation, as we remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem amid throngs of cheering people.

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Temptations are all around, so learn to deal with them

Temptations are all around, so learn to deal with them

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. What do you do when you are in bad temptation, and you seem to like the sin you are going to commit more than what is right?

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How do you pray the Rosary?

How do you pray the Rosary?

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Make the Sign of the Cross.
  • Holding the Crucifix, say the Apostles’ Creed.
  • On the first bead, say an Our Father.
  • Say three Hail Marys on each of the next three beads.
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    How to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

    How to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

    | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

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    Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

    Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

    | Deacon Andrew Windschitl | March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

    The Roman soldiers, who among their other acts of violence against Jesus placed a crown of thorns on his head, were correct about one thing: He is a king. This painful irony is not lost on us, especially when we pray the third sorrowful mystery of the rosary.

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    Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

    Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

    | Father Kenneth Doyle | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Q. I am currently incarcerated in federal prison. My question may seem strange, but I am wondering whether it would ever be possible for an ex-convict, a felon, to be accepted into holy orders.

    Q. I attended Catholic schools for 12 years and remember most of my catechism lessons. There is one thing, though, that bothers me. After receiving Communion, I often notice people returning to their pews while visibly chewing the host. I always thought — in fact, I think I was taught this — that you should either let the host dissolve in your mouth as a sign of reverence or swallow it quickly. Please explain.

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